Playing Our Full Part - Zero Carbon 2038 Proposal

by Stephanie Lynch on 18.10.2018

This year's news headline reports of devastating floods, wild fires and other related disasters from around the world show that the effects of climate change are happening right now, and it seems that there is no corner of the planet left untouched. In October 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) released their most pressing report to date, stating that it is not too late to limit global warming to 1.5oC, but it requires urgent action to be taken now.


Shorlty after the IPCC report was published, The Manchester Climate Change Board submitted a proposal to Manchester City Council setting out what the city needs to do to make it’s full contribution to the Paris Agreement. The Tyndall Centre's analysis recommends that Manchester should adopt the following targets:


• Only emit a maximum of 15m tonnes CO2 during the period 2018-2100 (our ‘carbon budget’)

• Reduce CO2 emissions by 13%-year-on-year, starting from 2018

• Become a zero carbon city by 2038


Manchester City Council will now consider this proposal at both the Neighbourhoods and Environment Scrutiny Committee on the 7th November and then the Executive Scrutiny Committee on the 14th November. 


You can download a copy of the proposal with supporting documents at the bottom of this page and you can let us know what you think via Twitter using our handle @McrClimate.